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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

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This low-budget freak show/cult classic/cultural institution concerns the misadventures of Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) inside a strange mansion that they come across on a rainy night. After the wholesome pair profess their love through an opening song, their car breaks down in the woods, and they seek refuge in a towering castle nearby. Greeting them at the door is a ghoulish butler named Riff Raff (Richard O'Brien), who introduces them to a bacchanalian

Oct 3, 2000

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Most of the jokes that might have seemed jolly fun on stage now appear obvious and even flat. The sparkle's gone.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (3)
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The wit is too weak to sustain a film, and the songs all sound the same.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (18)
Chicago Reader
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A string of hummable songs gives it momentum, Gray's admirably straight-faced narrator holds it together, and a run on black lingerie takes care of almost everything else.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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Viewed on video simply as a movie, without the midnight sideshow, it's cheerful and silly, and kind of sweet, and forgettable.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (12)
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a lot of fun for fans of the science fiction and horror genres

January 18, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

One hundred minutes of pure queer celebration that manages to concoct a bizarre cocktail of sincerity and reckless abandon.

October 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

It's like art-rockers Roxy Music let loose on Frankenstein - ludicrous, but oddly compelling. And it even stars Meat Loaf.

October 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A great midnight movie experience in the theaters, but the film itself is a bit of a bore.

October 30, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Comment (1)
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Like the hugely successful B-Movie that inspired it, Harry Novak's 1965 sexploitation classic "Kiss Me Quick!" "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" is an exploitation film that draws on a grab-bag of social identifiers to expand on conventional hypocrisies...

April 12, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

The film itself is a lot of fun -- but the audience-participation phenomenon has turned it into a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Best seen with wild crowd at midnight. Otherwise, nope.

May 4, 2006
Video-Reviewmaster.com

If that's your kind of movie, you're in for a real treat.

August 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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One of the greatest motion pictures ever made.

March 1, 2005 Full Review Source: ▄berCinÚ | Comments (3)
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A very good film in its own right; it's a triumph of clever filmmaking by Jim Sharman, who should have gone on to bigger things.

September 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

I'm betting most fans have never really watched the film, they being distracted by the parade of guys in fishnets and flying toast.

January 18, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Comments (8)
TheMovieReport.com

Strange, unique, and one-of-a-kind... provided you see it under the right conditions.

August 10, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Great music, over the top acting, extremely original. Without a doubt a one of a kind.

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: sbs.is

Love it or hate it, this is a trip you're likely never going to forget.

July 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Oh, the horror!

July 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

a dizzying experience, made all the more so if you are lucky enough to see it in a theater with a crowd who knows all the lyrics, dance moves, and proper audience responses to yell back at the screen

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
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Audience Reviews for The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Somehow my flixster rating for this was 2, even though I never saw it before (huh?).
Well, what do you know, finally watched it tonight and rating was about right.
Glad I finally saw it, but honestly it's nothing I would rush to watch again.
It's original, I will give it that. I liked a few, not all, of the songs. And full marks to Susan Sarandon. I did not actually realise she was in this.
On the downside, it's kind of ugly to look at and you have to suspend belief beyond what you normally would in a musical. I'm not sure I entirely "got" it, to be honest. It's kind of grotesque.
Actually really having trouble articulating my thoughts on this. That is probably exactly what they were going for!
May 30, 2014
romy861

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This is THE film that comes to mind when people talk about cult classics and 'midnight movies'. It's also quite possibly the weirdest musical I have ever seen, and I was completely sober, too.

What we get here is a campy, schlocky ode to campy and schlocky sci-fi and horror fare, done as a gloriously cheesy rock and roll musical joyride.

The plot it really bare bones, and doesn't really make a whole lot of sense or really have much of a point, but that's besides the point. What makes this so fun, memorable, and popular is that it is just so odd, random, and ridiculous, and it's just damn near impossible to not find something to enjoy here.

What bare plot there is concerns newlyweds Brad and Janet who, after having car trouble during a storm, seek shelter/assistance at a gothic castle filled with a bunch of delightfully odd weirdos, with the man in charge being a transvestite mad scientist who claims to be from another planet, and who is in the process of creating his own version of the Frankenstein story.

This is not a film for all tastes, but I think it is one of those movies that everyone should still see, at least once. The music is really awesome, catchy, and fun, the performances are also just a scream, especially Tim Curry in his signature role as the transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter. I'm a fan of redheads, and in this film we get two of them, both lovely in their own way, whether it's the curly longhaired variety of Patricia Quinn as Magenta, or, my favorite, the super short, straight, and flat locks of Little Nell Campbell as Columbia...MEOW! This film also has a rockin' turn from Meatloaf, as well as Susan Sarandon at her flat out sexiest and most bangable.

The film is a great ode to sci-fi and horror, and the set designs, costumes, and art direction reflect this, bringing together a mix of the gothic, with the kinky, and the delightfully tacky camp side of life.

If you want to have a good time, and really crave something wild and outrageous, then you must give this a watch. Seeing it at a public viewing is the preferred way to do it, but not if you haven't already seen it before. So yeah, watch it at home if you're a newbie, then go join the masses so you can really appreciate the love people have for this one.
October 31, 2013
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Chris Weber

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Even smiling will make your face ache.

Full review coming to themoviefreakblog.com on 6/1
May 27, 2013
spielberg00

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One of the strangest phenomena in movie history, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and what viewers get out of it are almost completely dependent on the context in which they see the film rather than the film itself. Why this movie in particular became the cultural oddity it did is a fascinating mystery, but perhaps it fits that a movie that at its core is seemingly meaningless and weird, but actually full of messages, would turn out to be something more than it started out as. As it stands, "Rocky Horror" succeeds as a film because of its charming lack of inhibitions, Tim Curry's captivating performance, and the insane, mesmerizing collision between hidden ambition, low-budget production value, and randomness.
December 9, 2012
Sam Barnett

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    1. Dr. Frank-N-Furter: That's a rather tender subject. Another slice, anyone?
    – Submitted by Justin R (5 months ago)
    1. Dr. Frank-N-Furter: Don't be upset...It was a mercy killing. He had a certain naive charm, but no muscle.
    – Submitted by Andrea V (10 months ago)
    1. Dr. Frank-N-Furter: I hope you're adaptable, Dr. Scott. I know Brad is.
    – Submitted by Lucas M (13 months ago)
    1. Janet Weiss: What have you done to Brad?
    2. Dr. Frank-N-Furter: Nothing. Why, do you think I should?
    – Submitted by Lucas M (13 months ago)
    1. Criminologist: It's a jump to the left!
    2. Transylvanian: And then a step to the right!
    – Submitted by Andrea F (13 months ago)
    1. Magenta: I'm lucky, he's lucky, we're all lucky!
    – Submitted by Adam O (19 months ago)
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